Nurse ScheduleWritten By Aimée Madden / August 20, 2018
Working with a manual nurse schedule process, the manager of the ward needs to estimate the right number of nurses that are necessary to work during each day of the month, from there they can divide these days into working shifts and staffing demands for each of these shifts. The manager is also responsible for deciding what kind of nurses need to be employed and what kind of shifts they should work. Automated Nurse Schedule can significantly help hospitals overcome the staffing challenges they face. The challenges include a nurse shortage, a lack of full-time employee commitments, overruns in labour costs, burnout among available staff and so on.
Traditional staffing applications used to be very valuable for healthcare organizations, but now with newer online tools, we are able to do a better job helping to balance hospitals focusing on staff ’s needs. Such tools run on a computer system, so they can utilize and generate data that produce better shifts in a more flexible format. Healthcare organizations are taking advantage of nurse scheduling tools that are available in online applications, which can be easily installed. Once nurses start using these tools other departments often demand them as they can offer a significant return on investment for the organization.
Manual Schedule Vs Automated Schedule
A nurse’s main responsibility is to offer special care to all patients and to provide information about their health while they are in the hospital or over the phone when it is necessary. Nowadays, nurses spend a lot of time recording healthcare related documents trying to improve care co-ordination. Manually designed rosters are time-consuming and consequently, this brings poor scheduling for staff. Automated scheduling reduces time and costs included in manual rosters and has the potential to produce more convenient schedules, thereby improving contentment and effectiveness of the workforce, and thus staff retention.
The effectiveness of online nurse scheduling includes better flexibility than in the past and also an understanding that one size scheduling does not suit all staff. Nurses need more flexibility and automated schedules that balance home and work life. Automated schedules can also lead to improvements in hospital resource efficiency, staff and patient safety, and administrative workload.
CliniShift Automated Scheduling
CliniShift automated scheduling improves coherence throughout your organization. Clinishift’s enterprise solutions overcome the antiquated manual processes found within the healthcare industry, which reduce costs by streamlining the communication between hospital’s and staff. CliniShift connects the entire hospital from managers, nurses, and doctors.
CliniShift provides a cost-effective solution to enhance productivity and reduce the time required to fill a shift. It increases the manager’s ability to focus on other areas of operations, removing unnecessary communications with staff on a daily basis thus, avoiding tiresome phone calls, text messages and group messaging.
Finally, we conclude that a computer programming-based approach in healthcare rostering is the most successful way to reduce the range of problems involved in daily scheduling. Automated scheduling saves time and reduces costs within the organization.
REF: Sabet, L. (2005) ‘Adopting Online Nurse Scheduling and Staffing Systems’, California Healthcare Foundation, 28 Sep. Available at: https://www.chcf.org/publication/adopting-online-nurse-scheduling-and-staffing-systems/[8 Aug 2018]
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